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Teacher denied Korea post over 'drunken Irish'

the teacher who was denied a post in South Korea because of the "alcoholism nature" of Irish people has since found another job.

Katie Mulrennan (26) from Co Kerry has revealed that candidates are often questioned about their drinking habits over there.

She had been teaching English in South Korea for two years and had applied for a job in the capital Seoul.

A screen grab of the email received by Katie which has since gone viral, read: "I am sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the alcoholism nature of your kind"

It then finished: "Best of luck in future."

Ms Mulrennan, who studied English at the University of Limerick, applied for the position with an unnamed private teaching academy in central Seoul through Korean Craigslist on October 28 and received the response the following day.

"I was really shocked when I got the email," she said.

She said that she took a deep breath and sent back a reply - she couldn't believe the email she had received.

Reported

However, Ms Mulrennan said that she hasn't heard anything back since. She said that she had reported the incident.

Meanwhile, she revealed that schools often choose North Americans to teach English because of their accent, as they don't see Irish people as having a very clear accent.

"South Korean employers are always quick to mention about the Irish people and our drinking," she said.

"During orientation in any jobs I've ever had here, they always say, 'oh, you're Irish, you love to have a drink, yes?'"

And she added that they always ask about religion over there too.

While she said it's frustrating sometimes, not all potential employers adopt the same attitude.

Ms Mulrennan has since found another teaching job in Seoul.

"There are great employers who welcome all nations of teachers," she said.

"I've been here for two years, but I haven't been unemployed that time, so I haven't been having a miserable experience."

Meanwhile, the response that Ms Mulrennan got has been reported all over the world.

fdillon@independent.ie


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